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‘New Leicester’ Girona can win La Liga, says ex-Spain and Barcelona winger Luis Garcia

‘New Leicester’ Girona can win La Liga, says ex-Spain and Barcelona winger Luis Garcia


The overwhelming majority of soccer followers would possibly view Girona’s beautiful climb to the higher echelons of Spain’s LaLiga as an early season aberration, however former Spain and Barcelona winger Luis Garcia will not be considered one of them. Girona coach Michel has performed down his workforce’s probabilities of successful the title, saying they don’t seem to be on the stage of the league’s elite, regardless of being stage on 38 factors with Real Madrid, behind the league leaders solely on objective distinction.

Girona's Spanish coach Michel (L) and players celebrate Uruguayan forward #07 Cristhian Stuani's second goal during the La Liga match against Valencia CF.(AFP)
Girona’s Spanish coach Michel (L) and gamers have fun Uruguayan ahead #07 Cristhian Stuani’s second objective throughout the La Liga match towards Valencia CF.(AFP)

Girona have 12 wins, two defeats and one draw up to now, the identical as serial champions Real, and are 4 factors above third-placed Barcelona, having scored extra targets than every other facet within the prime flight forward of their journey to Barca on Sunday. “Girona have just come out of nowhere,” Garcia advised Reuters in Bengaluru, including that he noticed parallels between their rise and Leicester City’s fairytale Premier League title win within the 2015-16 season.

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“It’s the new Leicester, right? With Leicester I remember the talk was exactly the same — ‘Oh, you know, they will drop.'”

After incomes Premier League promotion in 2014, Leicester wanted a outstanding late rally to keep away from what appeared like sure relegation the next season, earlier than embarking on their unimaginable title run the next marketing campaign. Girona, who had been promoted through a playoff within the 2021-22 season and completed tenth in LaLiga final season, appear to be following an analogous script.

“Why can’t it be Girona?” Garcia stated. “They don’t have European competition. They don’t have many international players.

“They can relaxation, they will rotate each week, they usually can put out their finest 11 each single weekend. It is not straightforward to beat this workforce.

“Will they feel the pressure in the last part of the season? They might. But we said the same of Leicester.”


Atletico Madrid are the one workforce other than Real and Barcelona to have gained LaLiga previously decade, claiming the title in 2014 and 2021, however Garcia believes higher funding means the European soccer panorama is poised to alter.

“We can see it already with Newcastle (United),” the 45-year-old stated.

“That’s why football is such a followed sports all around the world. We like to see the top teams competing for every single trophy. But we all love a dark horse. We all love it.”

Two a long time in the past, Garcia was a part of the 2003-04 Barcelona squad that had one hand on the title solely to drop 10 factors over the ultimate two months of the season earlier than ending second to Valencia.

“I grew up following Barcelona,” he stated. “(Missing) that opportunity to win LaLiga was a massive blow for me.”

Barcelona gained the league subsequent season, however by then Garcia had moved to Liverpool, the place he gained the Champions League and the FA Cup however not the Premier League trophy.

“It was so difficult. The Premier League was a dream for us,” he added.

But Liverpool below Juergen Klopp are a totally completely different animal to the workforce that Garcia was a part of, and the Spaniard believes they imply enterprise this season and will seal their second league title in 4 years. “This squad is very competitive,” he stated. “I know it’s not going to be easy, but it’s not going to be easy for anyone.”


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